That only leaves Bitdefender does it not? Shop would not happen to be reseller? Typical advice if so... You are not going to get direct useful answers I think, just bits of personal preferences - and why you want to pay from someone like me. But if you feel Norton 2009 or 2010 are too heavy on computer I dont know how computer have survived 1 year with Kaspersky.
If you want other "lighter than Kaspersky but not Norton" suites to test, besides Bitdefender, I would guess ESETs, Aviras should be up.
Alternative but not free:
Since only tool getting some love rigth now is Malwarebytes why not buy Pro version? You get protection not available elsewhere. New ip-blocking is useful. Life long license cost 30$ or so. Tool not likely to be redundant just yet. Then use free version of Avast - soon to get a major make-over. New version looks very nice and is sure to be easy. Microsoft also soon release new free Antivirus/Antispyware program. Another option if tired of Avast. What more you need? You use suites to get firewall I guess? Ok install a tiny one like this http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/order.html
, will tell you when programs access internet, or one of the other free ones available. Some easy, some not so easy. No big deal. You dont absolutely need a better firewall than the one in router or Windows.
Still not feeling safe then install WOT http://www.mywot.com/
also blocks pages you dont want to visit. Some are not obvious and warning lights of WOT will make you check once more before moving forward. You have IE8 so good filter already, this is just one more. Adds a bit of delay before entering every page but not too much.
More safety is really up to you - look up "Safe computing" in the sticky posts at top. Using a password manager and good passwords also is always a nice addition. You should not need more to protect computer from your self ;)
Ive seen your other posts now. Worries make sense, single core slow stuffed computer. Well if my alternative idea is usable you might want to check Aviras free AV instead of Avast http://www.free-av.com/en/products/1/avira..._antivirus.html
Is lighter than Avast, everything I think. Has a stupid popup when it updates but can be removed - or more legally getting used to. I would also do a similar post in XP forum asking for help to safely
remove unneeded processes, startup programs, drivers and services even. With computers like yours all counts - tweaking actually pays off some! I dont know load of Malwarebytes Pro but should be ok with Avast or Avira. Got to be less than a probably not so tweaked Kaspersky Suite, any suite. I doubt they will fly on that computer.
From what you say it does not seem like there is a need to arm computer for war. Installing WOT in browser will fix many internet dangers - perhaps you dont need paid Malwarebytes at all? Many people survive on just an Antivirus/antispyware program and build-in Firewall. Wise to keep Malwarebytes installed of course but real time monitoring could just waste resources. Sites offering you bad downloads or other scams will most likely be picked up by WOT already.
Edited by Bambo, 13 September 2009 - 10:00 PM.